Ninja Turtles 2 on C8: how Krang, the big bad was designed

Ninja Turtles 2 features one of the most iconic villains of the Ninja Turtles franchise: Krang! From the anime of the 80s and 90s, the pink alien was created by the ILM teams. Zoom in on this character.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles …. Four hellish turtles in the city … Scale and vinyl knights … They are fantastic warriors … They bring out the nunchakus, it’s panic! ”

The children of the 90s surely remember these words, which punctuate the cult credits of the animated series Ninja Turtles. During 193 episodes, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo faced numerous enemies, including the iconic Shredder and Krang.


The latter, a sort of viscous and gelatinous pink brain with tentacles, is an alien of the Utrom race. These aliens appeared in the Ninja Turtles comics. As for Krang, he was created especially for the animated series. Supported by Shredder, he plans to conquer Earth. Inserted in the abdomen of a humanoid robot, the disgusting alien moves inside its Technodrome within the X Dimension.

Ninja turtles 2 on c8: how krang, the big bad was designed




Almost 30 years later, the character came to life in Ninja Turtles 2, the sequel to the first game that grossed more than $ 485 million worldwide. The film was included in the ranking of the 20 most profitable blockbusters of 2014. Logically, Paramount therefore ordered a second part, released in June 2016.

In addition to the unmissable Shredder (Brian Tee) and Krang, the famous Bebop and Rocksteady from the cartoon (absent from Ninja Turtles), two mutant Shredder minions as stupid as they are incompetent, appear in this sequel. The first is played by comedian Gary Anthony Williams (Abe Kenarban in the Malcolm series) and the second by Irish wrestler Stephen Farelly, aka Sheamus. Note that the pink alien is interpreted vocally by actor Brad Garrett.

This actor specializes in the practice of dubbing. He has notably participated in films such as Ratatouille (in the role of Gusteau), The world of Nemo (in the role of Boule) or Asterix and the Vikings (in that of Obelix). In French version, it is the voice of Frédéric Souterelle that we can hear.


The people in charge of the digital effects of Industrial Light and Magic had the difficult task of designing the character of Krang. They started with the design of the anime and then drew inspiration from underwater life. Visual Effects Co-Supervisor Robert Weaver says:

“Its eyes are quite similar to those of the black nose shark, mixed with some kind of gelatinous fish. It was Michael Bay who came up with the idea of ​​making it uncomfortably large, for its movements in and out of its android body. “

Ninja turtles 2 on c8: how krang, the big bad was designed



Note that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are adapted from a comic book by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Their adventures had already given rise, apart from the animated series and the two films produced by Michael Bay, to a trilogy published between 1990 and 1993 (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3), an animated film in computer graphics released on screens in 2007 (TMNT: Les Tortues Ninja) and an animated TV movie (Turtles Forever) broadcast in 2009 (Krang appears in this feature film where the characters of the 1980s series meet those of the 2003 series).


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